These short, stout and very sturdy little dogs are often referred to as the canine clowns. They are a funny breed, not only in the way they look, with their very adorable little squished faces and big, bulging eyes, but they are full of personality and love to have fun. They also love to make their owners laugh and interact with them in a big way. These little guys are part of the work group in the AKC registry. They were originally bred specifically for being a lap dog, which they do, do well. They love to spend time with their owner no matter where it is, but quality time on the couch is a big part of who this breed is. More than likely you have seen this breed many times, as it is a very popular breed. You may even know a little about it, but here are seven things you didn’t know about the black pug.
1. Willful dogs
These dogs are full of personality, silly, funny, and love to clown around. As funny and humorous as this breed is, it is also a very willful breed who will take any opportunity they can to take control over a situation, a person, the house. They need to be shown early-on, they are not the pack leader and given their place in the line-up of who is the boss. They are huge guarders and love to guard anything and everything from a piece of furniture, to the whole house. Establishing their role in the pack is essential in creating a harmonious environment in your home with your pug.
2. Hard to train
Due to the black Pug’s willful behavior and temperament, they can be a bit difficult to train, but they are trainable. They are intelligent dogs, too, which means that you will always need to be a step ahead in their training methods, as they easily grow tired of routines. They need a mix-up of training procedures to get them to do and learn what you want them to.
These are highly energetic dogs. The black pug has a lot of spunk and energy and will easily grow bored if he is not exercised and played with on a regular basis to allow him to get his wiggles and energy out. He is an indoor dog, but does need outdoor time to roam and run and play. Walks are good for the black pug. Taking him out on a couple off 30 minute walks each day, or playing games with him in an enclosed yard, or even time at the dog park, are all favorite ways for a black Pug to expend some of the energy they keep stored up in their little bodies.
4. Rare but not too rare
Yes, black Pugs are considered one of the rare colors of Pugs but they are not as rare as the silver colored Pug. The brown colored Pug is the most common color of this breed, so anything other than, is a rarer find. However, some breeders will try to charge a lot more for a black Pug and pass it off as a very rare color, when in fact, it is not. If a breeder tries to tell you that the black color means a higher price for a puppy than the brownies, find another breeder to work with.
5. Good pets for the whole family
This is a good natured breed of dog that gets along well with all sorts of people and situations. They are great family pets because they get along with other pets, for the most part, and with children. They love to play with children and if well socialized, they will meld right into just about any family dynamics. These are also great dogs for the elderly since they are small, easy to handle and love to be lap dogs, which a lot of elderly people look for in a dog breed.
6. Prone to weight gain
This is a breed that is prone to obesity since it is small and short statured. It can easily overeat if its diet is not carefully monitored. If you let this dog get into the routine of just lazing around the house and not getting its exercise, it will become a vicious cycle of eating and laying around, not caring to play or get exercise. A healthy combination of diet and exercise is what is needed to keep this breed happy and healthy.
7. Cannot handle extreme temperatures
The black Pug is an indoor dwelling dog that needs to be in optimum temperatures. Due to the short snout and nasal passages, too hot of temperatures will cause your dog to overheat and have trouble breathing. They are also prone to hypothermia and cannot regulate their body temperatures to keep them warm enough. These dogs should not be left outside in the yard alone all day in any types of weather because of their inability to warm or cool their body temperature the way other breeds can. They are also prone to allergies, due to their short noses and makes it difficult to breathe when left outdoors too long, another reason they should be kept indoors except during scheduled outdoor playtime and potty breaks.